- The Covid-19 outbreak, and subsequent lockdowns, the global economy was severely impacted, with a number of industries going into crisis mode.
- The world saw an unprecedented drive towards digitization in almost all sectors: business, education, and government. Those businesses that we’re able to transition quickly into the digital space fared much better than those who were not.
- .This trend is expected to continue well into the next few years: people will travel less and go out less, preferring to do business online. Businesses across all sectors will have to adapt to this new paradigm.
- .This will obviously create a massive need for IT services. IT professionals will be required to develop a myriad of different solutions to support these businesses; solutions such as websites, e-commerce systems, apps, e-learning systems, and software solutions.
- These IT professionals will most likely work remotely and service clients globally.
- It is an opportune time for South Africans to prepare for this type of work, and ultimately for the post-COVID world.
- Bilal Kathrada is an EdTech entrepreneur and is the founder of IT varsity
- He also runs two other companies, CompuKids and Xander.
- He is a software engineer by profession and is also an author, keynote speaker, newspaper columnist, strategic business and education digital transformation advisor
- He is an award-winning app developer. His Maths app Ritmetic won the Vodacom Appstar award in 2012 and was the MTN App of the Year finalist in 2018.
- He also consults a number of educational institutes and businesses on transformation for the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
- He is a weekly columnist for the Cape Argus, the Star, and The Daily News. He writes about technology trends and education.
- He has appeared on a number of media, such as SABC 3 and SAFM.
- He has a podcast entitled “Tech Watch” which covers the latest developments in technology and the social implications. The podcast is available on a number of local and international platforms.
- He is a regular speaker at a number of notable events, such as GovTech.
Bilal believes that education is the key to ending South Africa’s crippling youth unemployment problem. His approach is to make learning accessible to all South Africans via e-learning.
To this end, he has established IT varsity, a fully-online technology institute accredited by the MICT SETA. IT varsity aims to prepare students for the highly lucrative and ever-growing global IT services sector.
IT varsity provides skills like software development, web design, app development, and graphic design. The courses are all prepared by industry professionals with more than 7 years of experience.